For patients with a missing tooth, or even several missing teeth, dental implants are a popular selection for tooth replacement because of the multiple benefits they provide that other options, like bridges and dentures, do not. Dental implants are custom designed to mimic the exact look and function of your natural teeth; once they have been placed into your mouth, they can be treated like your natural teeth, and your oral health and function will be completely restored. Whether you are looking to replace a tooth that has been missing for an extended period of time, or you are visiting our office for an extraction and want to replace your tooth immediately, dental implants may be the perfect solution for you.
When you visit Utah Surgical Arts, you will receive a consultation with one of our highly trained oral surgeons, and he will evaluate your condition before determining a treatment plan designed to fit your unique needs. While not everybody qualifies for the placement of dental implants, our team is confident that they will find the best solution to restore your smile and your oral health. Since the founding of our practice, we have gained years of experience placing a multitude of dental implants, and many of our past patients have elected to share their personal oral surgery stories below. If you are considering dental implants, we encourage you to view the testimonials below to hear more about the process.
Dental implants are a proven solution for the replacement of missing teeth. In Payson, Utah, our team of highly trained and experienced surgeons and caring staff can restore oral function and produce beautiful aesthetic results for our patients through the placement of dental implants. We achieve these outstanding results by surgically placing a small medical-grade titanium post directly into the jaw bone, which becomes the new replacement root to support the prosthetic crown. The great news is that medical-grade titanium does not corrode and has a high success rate of permanently integrating with the surrounding bone in your jaw. Once integrated, another component, called an abutment, is connected to the implant, which creates a sturdy platform for your replacement crown. This provides the strongest foundation possible and, in turn, the best solution available today. One of the best things about this replacement option is that they provide the most natural-looking treatment.
Dental implants have several advantages:
Most of the time, individuals are healthy enough to undergo the procedure if they can have a tooth removed.
What conditions can implants address?
Extra consideration should be given if any of the following applies to you:
Our team will discuss your personal conditions and options during your initial consultation, including existing medical conditions and oral health concerns such as gum disease, the loss of bone in the upper or lower jaw, and, of course, problem or missing teeth.
At the time of your consultation, our team will develop a customized plan to provide you with the best tooth replacement options. Complete X-rays and 3D CT scans, along with digital treatment planning, afford us the ability to present you with the best and most cost-effective course of treatment. We genuinely care about you and want you to have the best possible outcome.
Depending on your current oral health status, the process usually can be completed in approximately six months. It typically requires a one- or two-stage process, starting with the procedure to place the titanium post that replaces your missing tooth’s root. A follow-up visit to our office is customary for a second procedure to secure the support post for your new tooth crown.
To further clarify, after the first procedure, the post bonds with the jaw bone beneath the surface of the gums, which usually takes three to six months. During this time, your care team will create your crown so that it is ready to be placed on the implant. Once you are ready for completion, the implant is uncovered, and the crown is attached. Once the crown is attached, the posts will not be visible. There is very little disruption in the day-to-day activities of the patient; most can resume their daily routine the day after surgery. Most people report a relatively pain-free experience.
Surgery isn’t to be taken lightly. First, the extraction of the tooth that must be replaced, the preparation of the gum and bone tissue, and the subsequent placement of the implant is a process best handled by a highly trained and experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Understanding that the dental implant placement procedure is surgery helps patients to realize that seeing a specialist will produce the best result and ultimately cost less.
The selection of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon should be given consideration. You can feel comfortable knowing that the Utah Surgical Arts team is trained at the highest level. All of our doctors and board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons and have received a medical and dental degree. Beyond that, you can again feel confident that our doctors are training to the highest standards and have significant experience in the surgical placement of dental implants. We are sensitive to the importance of aesthetics in the final results, and we want you to have the best possible outcome.
Dental implant technology is expanding rapidly. We continuously invest in the best technology, and as a result, we can provide more people the opportunity to receive this treatment. At our practice, our team routinely plans your treatment utilizing Cone Beam CT technology to create a three-dimensional (3D) image of your facial bone structure. Surgical models will occasionally be fabricated, creating a model of your mouth and teeth so that we can accurately place the implants with the use of a surgical guide. This is all made possible by the use of digital CT scans. Your surgeon will be able to place your implant(s) with precision. This 3D planning takes place before your procedure to eliminate any guess work and help to ensure perfect implant placement.
Quality and Affordability
One might assume that going to a highly experienced specialist for these innovative procedures might be more expensive. At Utah Surgical Arts, this is not the case. In fact, our fees are often much lower than the fees of general dentists, and we are providers for all major dental plans. At Utah Surgical Arts, you don’t have to sacrifice quality for affordability. Our primary concern is that you have a good experience. You will receive quality care in a safe, comfortable environment for much less than you might think. If you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation, please call one of our offices.
Drs. Harris, Park, Brown, and Wood of Utah Surgical Arts maintain two practice offices located in Provo, Payson, and South Jordan, UT, serving all of Utah County and Salt Lake County and are available to schedule your surgery at either of their locations.
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